Inspiring Life Changes: Homeless World Cup


Photographer: Alex Walker

On September 12, individuals of varying backgrounds, nationalities, ages and interests, will come together in Amsterdam for eight days. One thing they all have in common: a shared love of football. They are here to play in the 13th Annual Homeless World Cup.

An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide. And as many as 1 billion lack access to suitable housing.

The Homeless World Cup is on a mission to inspire life change through the power of football. Founded in 2001, the Homeless World Cup and its partners now span 74 countries, and has impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people worldwide.

A survey of Homeless World Cup players found that:

  • 94% say the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives;
  • 83% improved social relations with family and friends;
  • 77% changed their lives significantly because of their involvement with football; and
  • 71% continue to play the sport.

Act Global is proud to be the official synthetic turf sponsor for the event. A huge thank you to our partner suppliers Bonar Yarns, Schmitz Foam and installer Sallandse United for your donations and participation. Together we are honored to be supporting such a worthy cause.

We are inspired by the personal stories of transformation experience by past Homeless World Cup players. Football builds relationships, trust, responsibility, dedication, a sense of community, and so much more. The sense of empowerment that comes from participating in sport truly can help individuals envision and implement change.

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